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July 02, 2016

Common Errors in English Usage with Explanations - Part 24

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  1.  
    • 'Any' women were dancing on the floor.  (wrong)
    • Some woman were dancing on the floor.  (correct)
      • Explanation : 'Any' usually carries a negative sense. It means anyone and cannot go with a plural noun women. 
  2.  
    • He never gave me some food.  (wrong)
    • He never gave me any food.  (correct)
      • Explanation : In a negative sentence we use 'any' rather than 'some'. 
  3.  
    • Few people can do what they want in life.  (wrong)
    • A few people can do what they want in life.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Few means 'hardly any' whereas 'a few' means 'some'. 
  4.  
    • I have to buy any articles from the market.  (wrong)
    • I have to buy some articles from the market.  (correct)
      • Explanation : In a positive sense, we use 'some' rather than 'any'. 
  5.  
    • I will not eat something.  (wrong)
    • I will not eat anything.  (correct)
      • Explanation : In a negative sentence, we use the quantifier 'any' rather than 'some'. 
  6.  
    • Have you some of the books that we borrowed from the library yesterday ? (wrong)
    • Have you any of the books that we borrowed from the library yesterday ?  (correct)
      • Explanation : In questions 'any' is used, as a quantifier, through in some contexts, 'some' is used (e.g., will you have some tea ?)
  7.  
    • Little knowledge can be dangerous.  (wrong)
    • A little knowledge can be dangerous.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Little means 'hardly any' and a little means 'some amount of'. 
  8.  
    • A little persons donated for the needy.  (wrong)
    • A few persons donated for the needy.  (correct)
      • Explanation : With countable nouns we use 'a few' rather than 'a little'. 'Some' is used with both mass and countable nouns. 
  9.  
    • I want little milk. (wrong)
    • I want some milk.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Little is inappropriate because it means 'almost no'. 
  10.  
    • All the people, who came, were well.  (wrong)
    • All the people, who came, were good.  (correct)
      • Explanation : Where we need a predicative adjective we use 'good'; when we need an adverb, we need 'well'. 
  11.  
    • He is very good, thank you.  (wrong)
    • He is very well, thank you. (correct)
      • Explanation : as in question number 10.
Shared by Bhargav Gupta Yechuri

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